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[Towertalk] Coax and Crank-Ups

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Subject: [Towertalk] Coax and Crank-Ups
From: Mark <> (Mark)
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 17:19:14 -0700
Exactly!!  After having damaged several cables cranking down my W-71, with
all its expensive "stand-offs" ..  --- I installed a soft curve at the top
of the coax / rotator control cable ..  using the stand-off.. then , used a
"carrier" .. small stainless aircraft cable .. down to the ground, with all
cables tied to it .. .. so I could stand at or near the base of the tower
and coil the waarrrrssss ........ of course, was smarter than to leave it on
the ground for the lawn mower, German Shepard, kids, etc. to run over and
demolish .. had an el-cheapo garden hose holder there .. sheeesh .. no prob!
Mark   6dx
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From: "John Tait" <>
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Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2002 1:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Coax and Crank-Ups

> Subject: [Towertalk] Coax and Crank-Ups
> >   Recent comments warning against cinching coax with
> > cable ties, etc., lead me to ask advice about a question
> > I have with my crank-up tower.
> >   It's a U.S. Tower model, and I have the U.S. Tower
> > standoff arms. But I'm wondering if it's best to allow
> > the coax to dangle freely through the standoffs or
> > attach the coax at each standoff
> Hi Mike..
>                I gave no great thought to the problem, but I let the coax
> hang through the stand-offs.
> But first, I hung a stainless steel rope from the rotator cage to ground.
> The coax, rotator cables, remote switch control cable etc, are all taped
> this rope "spine".. This means that the weight of all the cables is taken
> the rope. Also the rope acts like a shock absorber in heavy weather, and
> protects the cables from flexing, and banging around too much. I've not
> a damaged cable...yet...!!
>       73

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